What I Will Be Reading #42: Nonfiction variety pack

I’ve managed to collect several nonfiction books from a variety of sources to add to my TBR list. They include two science books, a book about your money, and a memoir. (As a side note, what’s with the super long titles for nonfiction books lately? Titles tends to be quite descriptive, and yet there’s always a giant subtitle to go along.) Here’s what I’ve found lately:

First off is The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World by Amanda Little. Gretchen Rubin interviewed Little about happiness, habits and productivity, and a bit about her new book. The book is all about how our food resources will have to change with climate change. That fits into two of my interests – where our food comes from and climate change.

I also picked up an economics book from Gretchen Rubin. She interviewed Jill Schlesinger about her newest book, The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money: Thirteen Ways to Right Your Financial Wrongs. I consider myself a smart person, but I don’t really know what to do with my money, besides put it in the bank and maybe a 401k plan. The book sounded like a good place to start to learn about some better long-term options.

The memoir is Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic’s Edge by Jill Fredston. I saw this on a Wandering Scientist summer reading post. It seems to be a memoir about a woman leading the life she wants to live. I’m at the age where I’m taking stock of my life and trying to decide what to do next. Do I continue in my current path, which I’m enjoying, or make changes? Reading about someone else who’s gone through that self-examination is helpful.

I’ll end on another science book. In this case, it’s The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser from a 99% Invisible interview with author. I wouldn’t think a book about the importance of sand would be interesting, but the interview certainly made it sound that way. Did you know that people are being killed for sand? It’s a limited resource in some areas and necessary for construction (it’s used in making cement). There are sand mafias! I need to read more.

And those are the newest books I’m adding to my TBR list. Anything sound good to you? Anything I should add?

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Dragon Avenger by E. E. Knight

This is the second book in the Age of Fire series, following Dragon Champion.

Published: 2006

Genre: fantasy

Length: 372 pages

Setting: the Age of Fire world, concurrent with Dragon Champion

Summary: Short version: Wistala gets revenge on the dwarves that attacked her nest Continue reading

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Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

This is the 13th book in the Discworld series, and the last book I started on vacation. It’s also made the BBC’s The Big Read list.

Published: 1992

Genre: fantasy

Length: 400 pages

Setting: Omnia, a smallish nation on Discworld

Summary: Short version: Om, reincarnated as a tortoise, is trying to regain his godly powers Continue reading

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Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

This was a book on my Kindle. I’m sure I put it there because of my enjoyment of Little Brother. I needed something other than Discworld to read on vacation.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction

Length: 384 pages

Setting: mostly Canada, near future

Summary: Short version: A new society develop by walking away from the economic rat race Continue reading

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A Fistful of Warlocks by Jim Butcher

Mr. Curiosity found a new Jim Butcher Dresden Files book of short stories (Brief Cases) while we were on vacation. He convinced me we needed a copy. I am going to try to restrain myself and read one a week for a while. We’ll see how long that lasts before I break down and read them all in a row.

Published: originally in 2017 in Straight Outta Tombstone

Genre: weird western short story

Length: 28 pages

Setting: Dodge City, Kansas, late 1800s

Summary: Short version: Anastasia Luccio goes after some warlocks in Dodge City with the help of Wyatt Earp Continue reading

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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

This is the 12th book in the Discworld series. I’ve been reading them on vacation since they’re so light and all on my Kindle. As a bonus, it’s one of the BBC’s The Big Read books.

Published: 2002

Genre: fantasy

Length: 374 pages

Setting: mostly in Genua on Discworld

Summary: Short version: Magrat, Nanny Ogg, and Granny Weatherwax disrupt Lilith’s perfect story Continue reading

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A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

I wanted a change of genre and have been meaning to read the next book in the Inspector Gamache series (this is the second book). Plus, it’s set outside the U.S.

Published: 2006

Genre: murder mystery

Length: 311 pages

Setting: Three Pines and Montreal, Quebec, present day, after the events of Still Life

Summary: Short version: Inspector Gamache solves the mystery of who killed CC de Poitiers Continue reading

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